New PS5 global update adds accessibility, audio, and customisation features

  • PlayStation is rolling out a global update for the PS5 that focuses on accessibility, audio, storage expansion, and more.
  • The update comes a month after similar features were tested out in a PS5 beta.
  • Support for Remote Play on Android devices and more features on the PS app are expected in the coming weeks too.

If you booted up your PlayStation 5 today you were likely greeted by a notification of a global update rolling out from Sony for all PS5 consoles.

The global update includes a wide set of new features and improvements first spotted a month ago as part of a PS5 beta, so it has not taken long to reach the wider PS5 community.

The new elements in question are:

  • “New accessibility features, such as using a second DualSense controller for assistance
  • New audio options that allow 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech to be enjoyed on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices
  • New ways to connect with other players and customize your multiplayer sessions
  • Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB).”

“Additionally, we’re also introducing new features like support for PS Remote Play on more Android devices alongside some new enhancements coming to PS App in the coming weeks,” PlayStation added in a blog post.

Looking at the accessibility portion of the update, it will allow players to assign a second DualSense controller to one account as an assist controller, and use two controllers to operate your PS5 console as if you were using a single controller.

“This feature introduces a new way for you to enjoy games collaboratively with others or help a friend or child navigate a particularly challenging section of a game,” noted PlayStation.

As for the audio aspect, 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech is available to those who own compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices like soundbars, TVs, and home theatre systems.

Other additions in the global update include multiplayer functionality, such as the ability to see which of your friends is in an activity that supports multiplayer, and then being able to join rather simply.

Here PlayStation says that the Joinable icon will be displayed next to friends who are playing a game you can join. “You can join a friend’s game directly by pressing the options button and selecting [Join Game], or by selecting the ‘Join’ button on their profile card,” it continued.

Last worth mentioning is the support for larger storage expansion, as you can now use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8TB to expand storage space on your PS5 console. This is up from the previous limit of 4TB, but PlayStation says the M.2 SSDs must meet specific requirements, which you can read in-depth here.

None of the above features are particularly game-changing, but all go towards improving the quality of life for the PS5.


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